It’s 54 years since Newcastle last won a home trophy when we hammered Man City 3-1 in the 1955 FA Cup Final but that’s in the days when our club could actually win something.
But it will now be at least another year before we win another home trophy as Newcastle went down tonight to a weakened Hull City side 1-0, with a goal after 80 minutes from Daniel Cousin, that sealed the win for the Tigers and sent Newcastle crashing out at the very first hurdle.
It was always going to be tough with 11 players out of the side though injury, and although Newcastle had the chances to score this was only Hull’s second win in 14 games and the second time they have beaten the Magpies at St. James’ Park this season,. After beating us in the league 2-1, in the first game after Kevin Keegan resigned from the club.
Si it wasn’t like we were playing a team in form but they were good enough and Hull City were able to record their first win since beating Middlesbrough 2-1 early last month.
The goal was scored in a game of few chances when Bernard Mendy‘s shot was deflected into the path of Richard Garcia who squared it nicely for Daniel Cousin, who turned the ball home from inside the six year area.
Andy Carroll was brought on after 76 minutes for Xisco, who had a decent game, and Carroll almost scored a late equalizer as he bundled a low Duff cross goal wards but the ball trickled wide off a Hull defender.
But the corner came to nothing, as Given had raced up to try to save the day.
This is a big psychological loss for the team because we would have had a home tie with Milwall, but now all we have to concentrate on is the league, and we have to hope we don’t have another relegation fight on our hands.
However, with Ashley still keeping his hands firmly in his pockets as far as transfer money goes, there will be due concern among the Newcastle faithful, that if we can be beaten by Hull City twice at home, that’s the mark of a team who could well be relegated this season.
Since we beat Tottenham, 2-1 at St. James’ Park, we have now lost three and drawn two, and if that doesn’t set alarm bells off at the club, then nothing will.
The good news, if we can call it that, is that this complete capitulation in the cup may scare Mike Ashley just enough for him to give some money to Joe Kinnear to buy some decent players in January.
If he doesn’t he could well own a Championship club come May, and it will be completely his fault, let’s make no mistake about that.